Podcast: On blogging, and ePortfolios

Update: The podcast audio file was borked (thanks for the heads up, Brian!) so if you downloaded a 6 minute version, it’s truncated. The whole thing should be 18 minutes long, and is available here. Sorry about that…

So, I’m still not using the computer when I’m “off duty”, but that doesn’t mean I can’t stretch out on the couch with my iPod and TuneTalk microphone and think out loud about stuff after Evan’s gone to bed…

I actually started this podcast as an offline notebook page, on the bus ride home on Friday. Then, I did more thinking about it, and read some of Nona Lyons’ With Portfolio in Hand, and wound up rambling into my iPod…

In this episode, I talk about two topics. First “How do you find time to blog?”, and second “Thoughts on ePortfolios”

Here’s the download, or if you’re listening along in iTunes, you’ve already got it.

Since both started out as offline notebook pages, here are the pages in raw form, as well as cleaned up versions for searchability.

How do you find time to blog?ePortfolioThoughts

How do you find time to blog?

  • Sparked by a conversation with Patti while waiting for a meeting (ironically, about ePortfolios, hence part 2)
  • Short answer: “I don’t (find time to blog). It’s an interstitial activity.”
    • in the time-between-time
    • a minute here, a minute there…
    • slowly build up a body of work that acts simultaneously as
      • outboard brain
      • framework for collaboration and dissemination
      • a fluid, practical eportfolio
      • scaffolding for personal and professional reflection
      • indispensable tool for structuring info + knowledge
    • and, if it’s shared, so others can build on what I write
      • value added by each user (comments, trackbacks/links, emails
      • contribute to, and help build/sustain a community of practice
      • reputation building/management – personal, and professional
  • semi-formal thinking
    • because it’s “public” it helps to direct streams of thought, to produce tighter, more coherent writing
  • it’s become part of what I do – not an additional task
  • now, it’s just a part of my thinking process

Thoughts on ePortfolio

  • ePortfolio as a slice across all of a person’s online works
    • blog
    • Flickr
    • del.icio.us
  • use an “eportfolio” tag in all of these tools, and use something like SuprGlu to gather pieces together – Small Pieces Loosely Joined
  • foster collaboration/review/reflection
  • professional development vs. compliance
    • ePortflio as a tool/process – a verb, not a noun. journey, not destination. process, not product
    • should be an optional activitiy – force people to do it, and it becomes meaningless
    • must be flexible – structure, content, design
    • able to opt-out, but you would then lose benefits of community/culture of professional development (but that should be a decision made by the individual)
  • ePortfolio as theoretical process
    • critical thinking about what best represents you
    • pedagogical design/showcase
    • can’t be represented by a simple fill-in-the-blanks “template” ePortfolio
  • ePortfolio review
    • by peers
    • to foster discussion/reflection
    • how about an “ePortfolio club” where students get together to critique ePortfolios (what goes into them, design, etc…)
  • Mass Amateurization” – where an amateur is able to easily reach ~80% of the quality of a professional, due to increased effectiveness of tools.

8 thoughts on “Podcast: On blogging, and ePortfolios

  1. Crap. Just noticed that the file was truncated. Whipping up a new copy…

    And thanks for the clarification of the Mass Amateurization source. I’ve heard it so many times I just assumed… 😉

  2. D’Arcy, the file seems to cut off at 6:40 — just as you are getting into ePortfolios.

    So I’m not sure how you frame it, but I want to point out I didn’t coin “mass amatuerisation” — I got it from Tom Coates, and who knows where he got it…


    According to Google, some wiki notes I made for a live webcast come up ahead of Coates’ article. How weird is that?

  3. […] I went off the wagon–I knew it was possible, but in the glow of my initial adoption of the blogging lifestyle, I didn’t think it would happen to me. During the summer, I had virtually 40+ hours a week to read and write blog postings. Then when school started I made time for blogging, especially since it became a part of my teaching thru the experiment. When time became tight, I was able to blog during interstitial time. (Thanks Gardner for the link to D’arcy’s posting.) […]

  4. […] In my interstitial time (thanks for the nomenclature, D’Arcy) I’ve been trying to follow as much of the current Wikipedia controversy as I can. It’s quite a flap. The issues are urgent, but the treatment of them is predictable. Even the truly disturbing aspects of the case are so coated in journalistic sensationalism that it’s hard to see the core truths being debated. After reading the UPI account of Wikipedia’s “at least 1,000 articles” (it’s more like 800,000 and counting) I’m reminded that reasoned authority, never in great supply, is a rara avis indeed these days, even (especially?) in the so-called mainstream media. Unfortunately, no one who knows better can reach into that UPI account and correct it. No, it’s not a libelous falsehood about a public figure, but if it were there’d be no correcting it except by the authority who let the mistake get in there in the first place. […]

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